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Hit or miss. Local government online security appears to be a hit-or-miss proposition.

More than half of the 4,123 counties, cities and towns surveyed recently by the International City/County Management Association said they did not have policies and procedures in place for Web site security. ICMA reported that 55.8 percent of local government respondents lacked online security policies.

Two-thirds of the respondents said they had not changed their security practices since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

For additional survey results, go here.

Cracking the hacking. The hacker who breached California's Stephen P. Teale Data Center in April got in via a system that was outside the firewall, said Jim Moody, a center spokesman.

The center has since moved the system inside the firewall.

The hacker illegally accessed a computer that contained the names, Social Security numbers and payroll deduction information for 265,000 state employees.

The State Controller's Office encouraged all state employees to call one of the three major credit bureaus to request a credit report. Because they are possible identity theft victims, California employees can receive the credit reports for free.

The attack is under investigation by the California High Tech Crimes Task Force, Moody said. "But we still don't know who did it."

Before you leave. The South Carolina Budget and Control Board is offering its electronic leave system to other state government agencies.

Employees of the board access E-Leave via the Internet to request and approve personnel leave. The system links directly to the mainframe personnel, payroll and leave system run by the board. The board expects to save $121,000 over three years through using E-Leave.

The Center for Digital Government recently honored E-Leave for system development and implementation in the state government category.

Contact the board at 803-734-0632 for more information

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